Our team is like one big, happy family, so every new hire means welcoming another member to the Expensify family. In July alone, the Expensify team grew a crazy 26%, bringing the total number of full-time employees from 24 people in January to our current number at 45.
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I don’t have an official title at Expensify but on any given day, I work with the financials, recruiting efforts, hiring, onboarding, office management, relocation, etc. My favorite part of the job? Interviewing candidates. I take great pride in overseeing the hiring process at Expensify, ensuring that we grow our team to match the amazing talent we already have on site.
With that said, I wanted to pass along some advice for interviewing. First and foremost, treat interviewing like dating. Whether you are good or bad at dating, mastering a good interview comes with some basic steps. Continue Reading…
I work for the best Silicon Valley Start-up, Expensify. I also live right off the shore of the largest body of fresh water, Lake Superior. Most importantly though, I’m helping to bring Silicon Valley to the area I love and much-needed jobs along with it. Continue Reading…
I gave a talk this week at DreamForce called “The Entrepreneurial Instinct” (they picked the title) largely about the importance of trusting yourself and doing your own thing, and expanding on the ideas in this TechCrunch guest post. One of the attendees wrote me with this question:
One thing I wanted to ask you was if I work in a company where I am not a senior level exec, capable of making the decision to experiment on ways to get our product to rapid adoption, how do I go about convincing them to just try something out?
Here’s how I responded: Continue Reading…
Do you want to work more with cloud computing? Great– we don’t! When dealing with financial data, knowing where the data lives is important (and “on someone else’s service” is a poor answer), so we’re leaving the cloud. We have three datacenters in active/active/active configuration, and we’re transitioning ancillary services out of “the cloud.”
Our network stack is built on a Juniper switching fabric, and a pf-based firewalling solution.
We would like you to:
- Build infrastructure! Every system is configuration managed, so ideally you build a web server once, not a hundred times.
- Support developers! Our developers are as smart as you ideally are– they need help provisioning development environments, not printing Excel spreadsheets.
- Participate in a one-week-in-four on-call rotation! The world is beautiful at 3AM– but for better or worse you’ll rarely get to see it, as “the environment is melting” is the exception rather than the rule.
- Read and debug code! You need not be a developer yourself (though it wouldn’t hurt), but tracking down a bad PHP function call based on log messages shouldn’t scare you.
- Make big trouble for moose and squirrel! Oh wait, the KGB shut down years ago…
- Work in San Francisco! Don’t live here? No problem, we can change that.
If you are interested in applying, please send your resume to firstname.lastname@example.org with a letter explaining why you are awesome and how you found us.
This place is awesome, our product kicks ass and our team is a mesh of rockstars who are passionate about what they do. We’re looking for all sorts of people — always engineers and sales, definitely a designer, but right now we have a desperate need for QA.
Now, we’re mostly a bunch of programmers, and to be completely honest, we haven’t had great experience with dedicated QA teams in the past. They generally fit very large, very slow organizations where it takes a dozen people to do anything. But we’re super small, very fast moving, so we need someone who can hang with that.
Are you still interested? Sweet! Next steps are as follows:
Check out expensify.com/jobs, read more about us, the team, and get a feel for our environment. Are you as into us as we are into you?
Email us your resume and the answers to the questions below with “Sweet QA Analyst” as the subject line (email@example.com)
- What is the difference between QA and programming, and why do you prefer to do QA instead of becoming a programmer?
- What do you want to do with the rest of your life, and how is Expensify a step toward your long-term goals?
- Please forward this application to three people you think we should hire, cc’ing firstname.lastname@example.org. (Don’t worry, we’re eager to hire you and them. Indeed, good people have good friends: solid referrals here increase the odds we’ll hire you.)
- How did you hear about us? A job posting? Chalk on a sidewalk? From a friend? Let us know where you saw this opening.
We look forward to hearing form you!